I had no problems coming up with pictures  for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Local.

All I needed to do was make sure I had my iPhone with me yesterday when I walked along  to the post office to post a letter.

Here are a few shots from my short stroll.


We have one shop in our little village. Whilst it doesn’t look very big from the outside, it’s like Doctor Who’s Tardis inside. Or Aladdin’s Cave. There’s not much they don’t stock:

The Smithy Post Office local village

The Smithy Post Office ©HelenBushe


Our local pub used to be a windmill. Not that you couldn’t have worked that out for yourselves:

Our Village Pub local Windmill tavern

The Windmill Tavern ©HelenBushe


We have a church which serves three villages:

St John the Evangelist local church village

St John the Evangelist ©HelenBushe


Lots of walls are made from Lancashire Brick which was famous in its heyday:

Secret Garden Gate village local

Secret Garden Gate ©HelenBushe


If anyone reading this post would like to live here, this house across the road from the Post Office is for sale:

Cottage for Sale local village

Cottage for Sale ©HelenBushe


As someone who was born in Glasgow and lived most of my life in the former industrial belt of Central Scotland, I am charmed by village life.

The milk still comes in bottles and is delivered every morning by a milkman, which is something I never thought I’d see again.

Local canal towpaths are there for walking and nature watching. I have become much more aware of the changing seasons since moving here. Like hearing flocks of migrating geese …. Honk Honk Honk…… or seeing the first lambs in early spring…..Gambol Gambol Baaaaa………

And whenever we tire of all this rural beauty, the motorway is only 10 minutes away, and the nearby train station means that Manchester, Liverpool, and even London are all within striking distance for a day trip (and of course and best of all…..Glasgow!)

Aye, you can take the girl out of the city but you can’t take the city out of the girl!



dancingpalmtrees · 6 November 2016 at 22:18

Amazing place to live. Somehow I expect Agatha Christie or Miss Marple to pop out any moment! Back in the 1960s milk in glass bottles used to be delivered by the milk man every morning. Fond Memories.

    HMB · 6 November 2016 at 22:56

    Yes, when I lived in Glasgow and years ago watched Miss Marple on TV, I never imagined I’d be living anywhere like this. It is beautiful. And as yet no murders!!!

Leah · 26 October 2016 at 19:29

Honestly, I feel like I’ve walked the streets of your village. It’s lovely. It’s even raining out right now, so that adds to what I recall from last winter’s travels!

    HMB · 6 November 2016 at 22:53

    Now that I’ve no trips for a few months, I think I’ll post more about local life. Thanks for your encouraging comments, Leah.

Laurie Graves · 20 October 2016 at 13:58

I am smitten by your village, and if I had the money, then I’d buy that cottage you featured in one of your photos. And you do indeed have the best of both worlds—the joy of living in a village yet easy access to cities and all the wonderful things they offer.

    HMB · 21 October 2016 at 08:45

    Oh Good!I can pop in for a coffee when I’m out posting letters.

GeorgieMoon · 20 October 2016 at 07:44

Lovely photos! I love a proper village shop. What is the name if your village? I haven’t been north, except to Manchester once when my son was at uni. I’m a southern girl!

    HMB · 21 October 2016 at 08:44

    Thanks Georgie. Its Clifton village on the Fylde. A couple of miles away from the market town of Kirkham.

Kathy Simmons · 20 October 2016 at 01:13

I love these photos and it is serendipity indeed as my dear dad was from Glasgow but I have not yet visited his home town.

    HMB · 20 October 2016 at 06:49

    Thanks Kathy. Hope you manage a trip to Glasgow and then up to North West coast of Scotland sometime.
    Have visited your blog. It’s excellent.

      Kathy Simmons · 20 October 2016 at 14:41

      Thank you kindly. I plan to go back and enjoy yours more when I have a moment 🙂

        HMB · 21 October 2016 at 08:42

suzannerogersonfantasyauthor · 19 October 2016 at 22:38

What an idyllic place to live, lovely photos.

    HMB · 20 October 2016 at 06:50

    Thanks Suzanne. It is indeed a lovely place to live and I know I’m very lucky.

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